Nonprofits Receive over $200,000 in Grants from Lake County’s Community Foundation

legacy-foundation-logoDuring its December meeting Board members of the Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, approved community grants totaling $236,000 in the final round of funding for 2015.

Nineteen organizations received $180,000 in grants from the Lake County Community Fund. Among the recipients are the Calumet Astronomical Society, Campagna Academy, Down Syndrome Association of NWI, Dunes Learning Center, Girls on the Run of NWI, Hessville Commerce and Community Creative, South Shore Arts, Stewart House Urban Farm and Garden, and Volunteers of America of Indiana.

Legacy Foundation received applications from 39 organizations, adding up to $684,000 in requests to fund programs and projects serving Lake County.

The Lake County Community Fund supports nonprofit organizations in the areas arts & culture, education, environmental and animal welfare, health and human services. In a competitive process, nonprofits submit applications for funding that are reviewed and recommended by a third- party grants committee and approved by the foundation’s board of directors.

In the year 2015, Legacy Foundation granted a total of $755,900 from the Community Fund to organizations serving individuals and families in Lake County.

Also approved at the December meeting, were grants totaling $56,500 to the Hobart Family YMCA, Maria Reiner Center and the School City of Hobart. These grants were approved from the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Trust at Legacy Foundation to support a vibrant senior community in Hobart, Indiana.

Legacy Foundation offers three opportunities for funding from the Lake County Community Fund with deadlines of March 1, July 1, and November 1. Applications are made available one month prior to the deadline.

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